Economic Impact Resources

The tabs below provide a sample of the Economic Impact Studies that have been completed to demonstrate the value of conservation and outdoor recreation.

Click here to see our Economic Impact Fact Sheet.

The Trust for Public Land economic impact report
Pennsylvania's Return on Investment in the Keystone, Recreation and Park Conservation Fund - Full Report
Pennsylvania's Return on Investment in the Keystone, Recreation and Park Conservation Fund - Executive Summary

Economic Value of Heritage Areas
The Economic Impact of Heritage Areas Study 

Pennsylvania's Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2012-2017
Building Better Communities: The Preservation of Place in Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania's Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2012-2017, Full Report (PDF)

Available Now!  Free Resource Guide On How to Save Your Park and Recreation Department 
NRPA understands that now more than ever park and recreation departments need every bit of data and research available to prove their value.  Download this free report today to get direct access to statistics on topics such as Economic Impact, Disparities in Parks and Recreation, Health & Physical activity and much more.  

The Economic Significance and Impact of Pennsylvania State Parks: An Assessment of Visitor Spending on the State and Regional Economy
This study presents data on the direct and indirect impacts state park visitors have on Pennsylvania’s economy.
Summary - State Parks Study

2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
This survey collects information on the number of anglers, hunters, and wildlife watchers; how often they participate; and how much they spend on their activities in the United States.
Summary - Fishing Hunting and Wildlife Survey

Pennsylvania’s Recreation Plan 2004-2008: Executive Summary
This report devises a plan to improve outdoor recreation opportunities throughout
the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Summary - Recreation Guide

DCNR Outdoor Traveler Study
This study calculates and explains useful market and economic data on Pennsylvania’s tourism regions and the impacts outdoor recreation has on the state and regional economies.
Summary - DCNR Outdoor Traveler Study 

Pennsylvania Heritage Tourism Study
This report provides market intelligence on Pennsylvania’s Heritage Tourism
industry and then compares the findings to those of the DCNR Outdoor
Traveler Study that was conducted for the same year, 1997.
Summary - Heritage Tourism Study 

Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Economy Report

Everything grows outside, including jobs and the economy.  This report on the outdoor recreation economy in Pennsylvania by the Outdoor Industry Association provides concrete data from 2011 and 2012 that supports the statement that outdoor recreation is essential to the American economy.
Summary - Economic Impact Study